The Kensington Review

22 December 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 151
America Hands Najaf to Iraqis -- Amid the debate about a plain stupid troop surge in Iraq-Nam and the swearing in of a new Secretary of Defense, the US troops in the province of Najaf handed security duties over the their Iraqi counterparts. This is the third province out of 18 to revert to genuine Iraqi control (as opposed to the transfer of faux sovereignty a couple years ago). As the other two, Muthana and Dhiqar, were held by the Brits, this is the first US-occupied province to be handed to the Green Zone government, at least in theory.

UN Backs Treaty to Ban Abduction of Perceived Enemies -- The United Nations General Assembly adopted a treaty that bans the abduction of perceived enemies, prohibits the maintenance of secret detention facilities for them and forbids the killing of them. The treaty will be opened for signing at a Paris ceremony on February 6, 2007 and will enter into force a month after 20 countries ratify the text according to their constitutionally required formulae. The United States is not expected to be among them.

Thai Military Government Botches Market Regulations -- Military governments are sometimes the only alternative to anarchy. Given their track record with the management of the economies over which they preside, military governments are not necessarily preferable to anarchy. The latest example of this was a decree in Thailand that restricted currency withdrawals. The reward was a 15% drop in the value of the local stock index, the SET, in a single day earlier this week. It?s usually best if the soldiers stick to marching.

Virgin Birth for Komodo Dragon at Chester Zoo -- Central to the traditional Christian story of the nativity is the idea of the Virgin Birth. According to the Church in most of its variations, Mary gave birth to Jesus but was a virgin. Matthew 1:18 reads (KJV), “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” For humans, this must be a miracle, but for komodo dragons, and other reptiles, a virgin birth is merely a creative solution to a reproductive challenge.

© Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.


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